• Hexagon Wall Tiles Traullit

Colorful Hexagon Wall Tiles by Träullit

Hexagon is a new wall tile collection by Form Us with Love for Träullit, a manufacturer of wood wool cement board in Sweden.  The shapely material absorbs sound, retains heat, resists fire, and resists moisture — making it easy to dress up a large blank wall or add a block of color to an otherwise minimal space.  Träullit makes each tile with a combination of wood wool, cement, and water. Hexagon is on display at a church in a secret location in conjunction with Stockholm Design Week 2011.

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By |February 8th, 2011|Categories: Materials, Modern design|Tags: , |2 Comments
  • Concrete with Novacem Cement

Carbon Negative Cement by Novacem

Material ConneXion, a global materials consultancy, recently gave its material of the year award to Novacem for the company’s “carbon negative” cement.  The product is being touted with increasing frequency and — it would seem from the literature — has the potential to change the world of concrete in 2014-15 when it hits the market.

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By |February 7th, 2011|Categories: Materials, News|18 Comments
  • River Vine Reclaimed Prefab AMS

Luxe Modular Home for the Wine Country

Tony Sarich, co-founder of American Modular Systems (manufacturer of Gen7 line of modular classrooms that we featured last year), plans to build an eco-friendly home and winery using what was learning developing Gen7.  The new project is destined for wine country in Lodi, California and the winery, shown above, will be powered by solar panels and covered in reclaimed wood siding.

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By |February 7th, 2011|Categories: Prefab|Tags: |1 Comment
  • Week in Review

Watt Lumens, Water Savings, Home Energy Labels, + Passive House Action

Lumens try to power past watts.
Tell it like it is: energy labels for homes.
Home security packaged with energy and solar.
Action needed for Passive Houses to proliferate.
Are no-VOC paint claim labels legit?
Slowly greening the Pink Panther.
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By |February 5th, 2011|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments
  • Nove SFC Platinum Front

Nine Luxuriate LEED Homes in California

Nove — Italian for nine — is a handsome nine-unit project in the Mission District of San Francisco.  The green project features LEED Platinum certification and architectural design by Handel Architects.  And, with purchase prices in the range of $975,000 – $1,600,000, eight of nine units have already sold and closed, according to Builder Magazine.

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By |February 4th, 2011|Categories: LEED, Townhouse|Tags: , |6 Comments
  • Oregon Shepherd Batt Loose Fill

Natural Wool Insulation from Oregon

Insulation is one tough nut to crack. As if you don’t already have several options and factors to consider, I thought I’d mention one more: natural wool insulation by Oregon Shepherd.  The company makes batt (PermaBatt) and loose fill (PermaLoft) insulation products, and they both look pretty impressive on paper.  Oregon Shepard believes they have the “only loose fill, blown-in wool insulation in the world.”

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By |February 4th, 2011|Categories: Materials, Nature|Tags: |7 Comments
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